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ACT English Test - 4

DIRECTIONS: In the passage that follows, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for the underlined part. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose "NO CHANGE." In some cases, you will find in the right-hand column a question about the underlined part. You are to choose the best answer to the question.

You will also find questions about a section of the passage, or about the passage as a whole. These questions do not refer to an underlined portion of the passage, but rather are identified by a number or numbers in a box.

For each question, choose the alternative you consider best. Read the passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. For many of the questions, you must read several sentences beyond the question to determine the answer. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative.

Police officer Frank Jones is laying (1) in the Brewton County Medical Center after being shot twice while he tried to arrested (2) a drug dealer. Having been (3) on the force several years but never had an (4) encounter like this one. It was after midnight when a call came in that a known offender was selling heroine to one of the informants. Jones and his partner were dispatched to the scene. They pulled up quietly and parked behind a store, but the dealer knew they were coming. Before Jones could pull his gun the dealer (5) started firing shots. Jones was hit in the shoulder and the head, but luckily the bullet had missed his brain. The doctors say that Jones will be released with minimal damage after a few weeks. Jones is either really lucky, or he has a purpose to fulfill.

A) No change.
B) lies
C) is lying
D) laid

A) No change.
B) arresting
C) arrested
D) to arrest

A) No change.
B) Had been
C) Jones has been

A) No change.
B) but never has
C) but had never had
D) but has never had

A) No change.
B) pull his gun, the dealer
C) pulling his gun, the dealer
D) pull his gun; the dealer

By the time she is thirty, (1) Ella McDonald had published two novels and traveled to several countries. When asked where she lived, she would answer, "I pay rent in Atlanta Georgia" (2). However, Ella's success comes with a price: she is lonely. Her travels have not afforded her the ability to date, and (3) establish a lasting relationship. Always being ambitious and putting (4) her career first. So, Ella (5) hopes to settle down in Atlanta and get in the dating scene.

A) No change.
B) was turning thirty,
C) was thirty,
D) was thirty

A) No change.
B) Atlanta Georgia."
C) Atlanta, Georgia,"
D) Atlanta, Georgia."

A) No change
B) date and,
C) date, and,
D) date; and

A) No change.
B) Always been ambitious and put
C) She has always been ambitious and put
D) Always has been ambitious and put

A) No change.
B) So Ella
C) So-Ella
D) So; Ella

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